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Submission + - Exherbo: The first Linux distro with native cross-compiling package management (

Somasis writes:

On most distributions, cross-compilation is often handled by special-purpose tools, entirely separate from the distribution’s package manager. This presents a number of difficulties, including having to deal with how building a package for the target architecture may require additional tools on the host system – an obstacle that must be resolved manually. And, while the tool can resolve dependencies on the target and the package manager can do the same for the host, neither can interoperate with the other.

Exherbo’s new multi-arch strategy instead adds cross-compilation as a built-in feature of the package manager, enabling seamless handling of such issues. This permits a single host system to compile packages for any supported target architecture (which can also be incompatible), without requiring the user to provide manual intervention or custom-built toolchains.

Multi-arch has been worked on for about three years now and the final merge was prepared over the last month. Work continues towards converting packages to take full advantage of the new technology, and all contributions are welcome.

Comment Re:We deserve this guy (Score 1) 496

The purpose was to balance the large and small states' influence in Washington. There wasn't any language added saying states must be roughly the same size in population, so the system is working as intended. Now, the result might not be something that results in governance that the slashdot crowd is fond of, but it isn't a perversion of the intent of the constitution in the same way as gerrymandering is.

Submission + - White House: Petition to Remove US DA in Aaron Swartz Case is Inappropriate

theodp writes: One year and 90K signatures after We the People petitions were submitted to 1. Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz and 2. Fire Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann, the White House has responded with a non-response: "As to the specific personnel-related requests raised in your petitions, our response must be limited. Consistent with the terms we laid out when we began We the People, we will not address agency personnel matters in a petition response, because we do not believe this is the appropriate forum in which to do so." So, the Administration is commemorating the 2nd anniversary of Swartz's tragic suicide by calling on citizens to Tell Us What You Think About We the People and This Petition Response on U.S. Attorney's Office Personnel Matters. Unfortunately, prosecutorial overreach shows little sign of letting up. Georgia Tech CE/CS student Ryan Gregory Pickren, the NY Times Reports. faces a possible 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine after being charged with computer trespassing for allegedly posting a calendar entry stoking a football rivalry days before the Georgia Tech-Georgia game ("Sat., November 29, 2014/ 12:00 pm/ Get Ass Kicked by GT"). Pickren's sister is trying to crowdfund her brother's defense.

Comment Re: Please don't (Score 1) 280

I agree with everything you said. But while it may be true that your starting salary does not increase by too much, from my experience with my friends and I who have graduated with and without internships, your increased competence on the job when you have internship experience means you are more likely to be more quickly promoted. The benefits in salary are not necessarily immediate.

Comment Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (Score 1) 643

You need citations for Congressional use of the "power of the purse"? Really?

Here in the United States, the term Power of the Purse refers to relationship between Legislative and Executive branches of the same government.

The relationship discussed in this sub-thread is between different governments: Federal vs. local ones...

An excellent example is that of the federally mandated minimum drinking age:

Briefly, Congress threatened to cut specific funding to states unless they followed the federal government's leadership in setting the drinking age at 21. This despite Congress having no direct authority in the Constitution to make the states obey them. It's a pretty clear-cut case of federal overreach.

Comment Re:My experience this past month with Linux (Score 1) 727

p>Laptop: Asus Zenbook UX41LA

After pissing around for half an hour with bios settings, I finally managed to get it to get farther than the grub bootloader. Things seem to work, but KDE crashes randomly, Cinnamon and Unity don't remember window locations and have their own oddities. None of them let me control screen backlighting, even after trying all the 'hacks' posted around the net.

Then I find out that video performs even worse with the open source Intel video drivers.

I know this won't help you now, but in the future you should know that Lenovo Thinkpads have some of the best out of the box linux support I have ever seen. All the little details work seamlessly and effortlessly.

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